A New York native, Ms. O’Neill received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Ms. O’Neill graduated with honors from the College of New Rochelle in New York. She began her legal practice in 1986 as a litigation associate in Los Angeles. She subsequently served as of counsel specializing in litigation in a wide range of matters for several firms in Los Angeles. While serving as of counsel, she defended many lawsuits involving employee claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, and harassment. Her family moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 2011 and Ms. O’Neill took and passed the Alabama Bar in 2013.
Ms. O’Neill volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Jefferson County CASA, and was named CASA of the year in 2015 by Alabama CASA for her work on behalf of a teenager in foster care. She also serves with the Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program for the Alabama State Bar. An active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, she serves in many capacities with the Episcopal Youth Conference and is a member of Alabama Diocese’s Steering Committee for “Happening”, a retreat for high school students. In Los Angeles, she worked as an adjunct professor for Legal Writing & Research at Whittier School of Law, served on the Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and volunteered as a Mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court and California Lawyers for the Arts and as a Girl Scout Leader. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Downtown Birmingham.